Be Mine, Funny Valentine

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner! It's the time of year for hearts, chocolate, flowers and love. While your chocolates might melt and your flowers may wilt, these sweet treats will be around for a very long time. When an ordinary boy realizes it's Valentine's Day, he turns into A Crankenstein Valentine! See all of the monstrous […]

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Author of the Month Andrea Davis Pinkney

In 1959, in a bungalow in the heart of Detroit, with $800 and a dream, Berry Gordy, Jr. started the first recording label for African American musicians. It was here that the "Sound of Young America" was born and where the "Groove" got its beginning. Take a ride won't you—a Rhythm Ride—with February's Author of the Month, Andrea Davis […]

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Year of the Monkey

Chinese New Year

Kids and families around the world will welcome the Year of the Monkey in 2016. Why, you may ask? It's Chinese New Year, and it's time to celebrate! Clean your house to make room for some good luck, then decorate it with red paper and wishes for wealth, happiness and a long life in the next year. Other traditions include […]

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What Do You Know about Snow?


Have you ever wondered if all snowflakes are the same? Or if snow is actually white? Or is there anywhere in the United States that has never had snow? While we wait for our next snow storm, get ready for some snow adventures with these chilly reads. Find all the answers about snow in The Story of […]

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Andrea Davis Pinkney Q&A

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Get to know February's Author of the Month, Andrea Davis Pinkney, as she talks about the inspiration behind her latest book, Rhythm Ride, how she got her start in writing and her favorite Motown sound. Where did you get your idea for this book? RHYTHM RIDE started with music. Do you remember the very first time […]

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Hurray for Hedgehogs

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Groundhog Day is the first holiday in February, a short month filled with a lot of special days, but Punxsutawney Phil isn't the only cute little critter who spends his winter hibernating and dreaming of spring. Turtles hibernate, bears hibernate, hedgehogs hibernate—wait, hedgehogs? Q: What do you get when you cross a bush and a pig? A: […]

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Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Washington D.C.

On the third Monday in January, our nation celebrates an American hero, Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King Jr. had a dream to make the world a better place. He led peaceful protests and marches, using his words, not violence or hate. His determination to serve all people, regardless of race, kept him going. We celebrate this civil rights leader […]

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Ali Benjamin Q & A

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Get to know January's Author of the Month, Ali Benjamin, as she talks about the inspiration behind her first novel, The Thing About Jellyfish, how she got her start in writing and how to craft a great story. Where did you get your idea for this book? The biggest inspiration for this book was my […]

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Author of the Month Ali Benjamin

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When Suzy's best friend dies, she can't accept that fact that "sometimes things just happen." To work through her grief, she uses the scientific method to prove that Franny, who was an excellent swimmer, could not have drowned but must have been stung by the world's deadliest jellyfish. Told through flashbacks and Suzy's scientific research, […]

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Let’s Have Some Winter Fun!

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It’s a magical time of year. The tree is up, the lights are strung and the children are bubbling with excitement. How are you going to spend your time between Christmas and New Years while the kids are on winter break? If you don't have one already, I’ve got just the plan for you. Chicago is chock […]

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